Thought Super Galactic Space Explorers was going to be the only big surprise? Think again! The 2016 10th Anniversary edition of Sci-Fi from the Rock will also feature the work of multiple award-winning Newfoundland author Scoot Bartlett of Mirth Publishing!
Scott brings with him a preview lead-in to Flight or Fight, the first book in his new series, Out of Dodge.
What’s it about?
Carl Intoever works for SafeTalk, a firm that destroys anyone who embarrasses its corporate customers. He does this because he hates his life, and like almost everyone else living in Dodge, he wants desperately to escape it. People in Dodge don’t save for retirement—they save for a one-way plane ticket to the western continent called the New World.
When SafeTalk targets the person Carl respects most, he must choose: will he risk his dreams of escape to save his friend?
We can’t wait to read it! Hope you guys feel the same!
Scott Bartlett was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he lives. He is a fiction author who mostly writes science fiction nowadays, though he’s dabbled in humor and literary fiction.
The author’s medieval comedy novel, Royal Flush, won the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize, and his contemporary novel Taking Stock, about a young writer struggling with depression, won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, as well as the Lawrence Jackson Writers Award. Taking Stock was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards.
Scott recently caught the sci-fi bug, and he’s writing new novels at light speed. He especially enjoys writing dystopian sci-fi. Expect releases from him soon in two brand new series. To get an email whenever the author releases a new title, sign up for the VIP newsletter by clicking this link (opens a secure signup form in a new window).
Books by Scott Bartlett:
The Pitch: The Kingdom is careening toward catastrophe. Meanwhile, the King is cruising seedy taverns looking for likely maidens. “The King” is his only name. He avoids responsibility at all costs. He executes anyone who annoys him. He keeps his mother locked in a dungeon. But deep down, what the King really wants is to be loved. During this misguided search for romance, he is portrayed as a cross dresser by the Kingdom Crier (the Kingdom’s most popular tabloid). Shortly after, he must defend his castle against a siege, with only his royal fiddler – while attempting to steal his royal fiddler’s girlfriend.
Accolades: Royal Flush is a recipient of the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize.
The Pitch: Just as Sheldon Mason is about to end it all, he meets his upstairs neighbour, a drug dealer named Sam. Sam gets him professional help, as well as a job at a local grocery store. As he struggles to make sense of his life, Sheldon starts to notice something odd about one of his new co-workers, Gilbert Ryan. Gilbert seems to know about Sheldon’s mental health issues – in fact, he seems to know secrets about everyone. And Gilbert sees value in Sheldon…
Accolades: Winner of the Percy Janes First Novel Award. Winner of the Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award.
The Pitch: At ninety-one, Michael Haynes finds his terminal cancer diagnosis a relief. He’s ready to move on from this world. In fact, he’s convinced his death will make things better for his children, providing both financial ease and closure for a long-ago event that still haunts them all. But just when he thinks he is finally shuffling off, Michael wakes from a coma to find he has undergone a miraculous new procedure and his time here is far from over. As his condition piques the government’s interest, Michael begins to discover a shocking secret about how the universe works. Instead of solving everything with his death, he must contend not only with continuing to live indefinitely but also with stopping his family from tearing itself apart.
The Pitch: This is a transcript of Anthony Jones’ acceptance speech for a $10,000 novel-writing award.
There’s just one problem: Anthony has no memory of writing a novel.
Accolades: “The Proletarian” placed 2nd in Grain Magazine’s Canada-wide short story competition in 2013.